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Our grand-mothers stopped having babies around 40-50

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, January 21, 2008 | 0 comments

Women have had babies in their late 40's for ages!!! Our grand-mothers started having babies in their teens, and stopped around 40-50.

A women around here just had her 17th baby, and she is 45. She had like 6 children beyond 38.

My friend got pregnant at 41, her first child after TTC [trying to conceive] for 20 years! Yes, 20 years!

We think, with those RE’s [reproductive endocrinologist] statistics, that woman was not really likely to get pregnant. She is now 16 weeks.

I have no doubt, and never had, that getting pregnant after 40 is very, very possible for most ladies.


My OB [obstetrician] told me, at my last visit, when I was asking about my age and trying to have another - that she had just delivered a healthy baby to a woman at 47!

I didn't get into specifics about how the pregnancy came about, but my OB is just a "regular" OB, not a perinatologist.


Well my then 43 year old sister-in-law just had her "fluke" baby with IVF [in vitro fertilization] . She had 3 attempts at IVF after miscarriages: a set of twins at 11 weeks, and 2 singletons over a period of 18 months.

These 3 attempts resulted in 2 confirmed pregnancies, one set of twins, and a singleton. So of 4 embryos transferred all up they resulted in 3 babies, unfortunately only 1 live birth, her now 16 week old. She was born in August.

Sister-in-law had her 6 week check, and her RE [reproductive endocrinologist] and OB said don't worry about contraception at all. Well she didn't, and is now 4.5 weeks pregnant.

It's only her 2nd postpartum cycle after weaning her 16 week old due to "failure to thrive". She found out on her 44th birthday.... Happy Birthday!!! She is happy, of course!!

The miscarriage rate is quite high but the fertilization is still working, just got to get the good egg. So that’s quite a few flukes, wouldn't you say!!


I had my first (and only) child at 46 - couldn't have had a better pregnancy or a healthier baby! Personally I think the 40's are an excellent time to have a baby.

I don't know, I felt like it was such a gift to be pregnant at that time. I was practically yelling it from the rooftops "I'm 45 and pregnant!!!!!!!!!!!"


When I go to the acupuncturist, I talk to her about different things and I ask her a lot of questions (including her other patients). She tells me about different patients.

Today she told me about a 45 year old women who now is about 8 months pregnant and she got pregnant on her own. She had gone to this acupuncturist for only 2 months after trying on her own, and I think she had also gone for 2 IVF [in vitro fertilization] , but nothing happened.

She was supposed to go for another IVF, and found out she was pregnant. How about that?


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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost our precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted there will be no more babies in our house.

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